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"Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."

—Alan Stewart Paton (1903-88) South African writer, noted for novels Cry, the Beloved Country


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In pictures: Mumbai goes to vote  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:14:28 GMT
Sixth phase of the ongoing India elections 
In pictures: divers search South Korea ferry  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:39:00 GMT
Divers search South Korea ferry 
Day in pictures: 23 April 2014  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:59:55 GMT
News photos from past 24 hours: 23 April 
In pictures: Rural murals  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:03:36 GMT
Huge murals in Dumfries and Galloway 
In pictures: Garcia Marquez tributes  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:30:56 GMT
Memorials Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
Why is Kim Jong-un always surrounded by people taking notes?  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:55:03 GMT
Who are the people who take down Kim Jong-un's every word? 
Going to medical school thanks to a stranger  Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:04:18 GMT
How a boy got to medical school thanks to a woman he's never met 
Little compensation for Rana Plaza survivors  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:47:56 GMT
Bangladesh collapse survivors are still waiting for compensation 
Rio's Passion Plays highlight inequality  Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:35:43 GMT
Rio's controversial plays that highlight inequality 
VIDEO: Soldier's widow runs to cope with grief  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:35:48 GMT
Soldier's widow pounds the streets to cope with grief 
Pakistan army eyes Taliban talks with unease  Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:49:24 GMT
What Pakistan's army thinks of Taliban peace talks 
How to mint your own virtual money  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:25:08 GMT
How easy is it to create your own virtual currency? 
VIDEO: The Palestinian prankster  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:40:27 GMT
The making of a YouTube star 
Europe braces for first vote since crash  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:35:34 GMT
Eurosceptic voter backlash – how big could it be? 
Fear and mistrust in Rio's favelas  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:04:20 GMT
Rio's shanty town dwellers scared of retribution, says Wyre Davies